Bohemia, NY--(Marketwire) - 7-Eleven, Inc. gets "fresh" with customers with the opening of the company's environmentally in-tune Commissary and Combined Distribution Center (CDC) in Bohemia, Long Island. At the new mixed-use facility, fresh foods will be prepared and delivered to 674 7-Eleven stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The 130,000-square-foot facility is operated by Norris Food Services in compliance with Department of Homeland Security and Department of Agriculture food standards. More than 250 Long Islanders are employed at the integrated distribution center and commissary kitchen, where daily activities include the creation of a wide variety of fresh foods delivered each day to local 7-Eleven stores.
"The building of the new Commissary and CDC demonstrates 7-Eleven's approach to providing a broad selection of fresh, high-quality foods in an environment that will conserve energy, water usage and utility costs," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO.
Food-processing areas were constructed with thick polymer concrete toppings and contain anti-microbial agents that won't crack or shear off on the floor. Light fixtures can be changed from outside the room to reduce breakage and eliminate potential room contamination.
Because the site did not have access to a municipal sanitary sewer system, 7-Eleven invested in a gas-energy mixing system to treat the water before discharging it.
"7-Eleven and Norris Food Services began planning this new complex two years ago with an agreement to build an environmentally sensitive and secure plant," said Dennis Phelps, vice president of fresh foods at 7-Eleven. "We are able to meet customers' fresh-food quality needs and minimize the local environmental impact."
Despite the economic downturn, the opening of Long Island's new fresh foods and logistics center provides hundreds of new jobs to area residents. "7-Eleven and Norris Food Services choosing to build this high-tech, 'green' facility in our area is very important to our community because the business brings employment opportunities within a facility that embraces and showcases sustainability," said Phil Nolan, Supervisor, Town of Islip.
"LIPA is pleased to have been able to work with Norris Food Services/Constance Foods on Economic Development rate incentives as well as energy efficiency rebates and technical assistance through our Commercial Construction Program," said President and CEO, Kevin S. Law. "As a result of the partnership with LIPA and the government, this company was able to remain on Long Island and contribute to our local economy."
"We are proud that National Grid's economic development gas rate incentives and gas efficiency rebates contributed to Norris Food Services' decision to expand their operations on Long Island. They are the recipient of the first National Grid economic development incentive check," said Joe Rende, Vice President of Energy Solutions.
William J. Norris, the owner of the CDC and commissary, is a veteran convenience food professional, who has grown his business into a leading Long Island company over the past two decades.
"We partnered with 7-Eleven because it's a disciplined organization and its management team understands the importance of ensuring the highest-quality and the best possible eating experience for their customers," Norris said.
Sandwiches, salads, entrees and other fresh foods are prepared in the commissary's 72,000-square-foot kitchen that adheres to quality standards that meet or surpass USDA regulations. An on-site USDA office and visiting inspector ensure safe food-handling practices, and all must follow Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point procedures established collaboratively by the quality assurance departments of 7-Eleven, the commissary kitchen, bakery and other third-party suppliers supporting and working with the food preparation and delivery company.
The new CDC/Commissary complex is less than a mile away from the one-year-old Glenn Wayne Bakery, which serves 7-Eleven stores in the New York City area. To keep up with 7-Eleven customers' growing taste for fresh-baked goods, partners Wayne Stelz and Glenn Alessi opened the new 30,000-square-foot facility last January, having outgrown its other plant in Patchogue.
Glenn Wayne Bakery prepares 27 different varieties of baked goods each day for 7-Eleven, which are transported to stores through the new CDC. Each month, approximately 1 million donuts, brownies, muffins, cookies and other items are baked fresh and distributed the same day to more than 275 stores, with 20 more 7-Eleven stores expected to be opened this year in the NYC area.
Through sophisticated inventory and computerized ordering systems, 7-Eleven store operators place their orders by 10 a.m. each day for deliveries that begin the very same day. The computer system quickly consolidates these orders and transmits them to the CDCs, commissaries and bakeries that support 7-Eleven stores across the U.S.
Upon receipt of the stores' orders, 7-Eleven sandwiches, salads and baked goods are prepared fresh that same day, adhering to 7-Eleven's proprietary recipes and strict specifications. Fresh food products are immediately stamped with the time and date after they are made. Other perishable and time-sensitive products are delivered throughout the day, to be sorted for that night's delivery. Trucks are then dispatched to deliver each store's merchandise between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day.
To ensure quality, the CDC facility follows strict product-handling and temperature standards. Products brought to the CDC are continually maintained at prescribed temperatures throughout food preparation, sorting and transportation cycles. The CDC also ensures the highest food quality by shipping from temperature-controlled docks. Delivery vehicles are equipped to control two temperature zones -- operating both a refrigerated compartment maintained at 38° F and a dry compartment held at 70° F -- assuring food safety, regardless of the season.
7-Eleven instituted the daily delivery of fresh foods, bakery items and other perishable products to its nationwide network of stores in 1994. Today, more than 5,600 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and Canada now offer customers fresh and safe products through this intricate preparation and distribution system.
"The opening of this sophisticated distribution system represents an expansion of 7-Eleven's and Norris Food Services' vision to provide high-quality foods prepared in a safe and earth-friendly environment," Norris said.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses approximately 7,800 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 35,500 stores in 17 countries. During 2007, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $46.6 billion. Named the #1 Franchise Opportunity for 2008 by Entrepreneur magazine, 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions, and its Business Conversion Program.
7-Eleven, Inc. celebrates the launch of this new green facility today January 28th at 10 a.m. Qualified members of the press are invited to attend the grand opening at 545 Johnson Avenue, Suite 10, Bohemia, New York 11716. B-roll and press materials are available. RSVP to Nancy Tamosaitis at 917.371.4053, firstname.lastname@example.org. SOURCE: 7-Eleven, Inc.